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Pope marries couple on papal plane

Pope Francis married a couple of airline employees aboard the papal plane as it flew over Chile on the third day of his South American trip.

'What's that shot?' ask disturbing videos going viral in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - In the middle of the street or a crowded mall, Brazilians hurl themselves to the ground as if struck by lightning, in scenes that are filmed and posted on the internet, where they are taking the crime-plagued country by storm."What's that shot?

Yabba dabba doo! Malaysian sultan gets Flintstones car

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian sultan has been given a life-size replica of Fred Flintstone's car from the classic cartoon, although the modern update has an engine so he won't tire out his regal feet.

Indian inmates to undergo 'cow therapy'

New Delhi - Indian inmates are to be exposed to the "magical power" of cows under a radical rehabilitation programme involving rearing the beasts -- revered by Hindus -- on prison grounds, authorities said Tuesday.

Naked Cowboy bravely sings of love for Trump in Mexico

Mexico - The Naked Cowboy, whose white underpants, bronzed chest and cowboy hat are fixtures in New York's Times Square, took his act to Mexico City this week, bravely singing of his love for Donald Trump and his border wall.

Queen's bra-fitter stripped of royal warrant after revelations

London - Queen Elizabeth II's luxury lingerie maker Rigby & Peller has lost its royal warrant, an official said Thursday, after its former owner published a book revealing details on of royal bra fittings.

Japanese crime boss held in Thailand after 'yakuza' tatts go viral

Bangkok - A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand ending more than 14 years on the run after photos of his 'yakuza' tattoos and a missing little finger went viral.

'To boldly grow': Japan astronaut worried by space growth spurt

Toukyo - A Japanese astronaut has sparked hilarity back on Earth after he claimed to have grown nine centimetres in space, making him worried he would not squeeze into the capsule home.

Show rescues photo comics from dustbin of history

Marseille - What have Sophia Loren, John Cleese and Woody Allen got in common?They all began their careers in the oft-derided world of photo comics or photonovels.

Queen complains about 'horrible' coronation carriage

London - Queen Elizabeth II is heard complaining about the comfort of the horse-drawn carriage used for her coronation, in a rare appearance in a BBC television documentary, according to extracts released on Monday."Horrible! It's only sprung on leather.

Jerusalemites show a leg for worldwide 'No Pants' ride

Jerusalem - Tram passengers in Jerusalem stripped down to their underwear Sunday for the worldwide annual "No Pants Subway Ride", drawing embarrassed smiles and dumbfounded stares from fellow travellers.

Too fat to march: Spanish Legion soldiers put on diet

Madrid - The fierce reputation of Spanish Legion soldiers is being put to the test: too fat, some of them have been offered a weight-loss plan to save the "prestige" of the force.

'World's most expensive vodka' bottle found after Danish bar theft

Stockholm - What is claimed to be "the world's most expensive" bottle of vodka, snatched from a Copenhagen bar earlier this week, was found empty at a construction site in the Danish capital early Friday, the police said.

'World's most expensive vodka' bottle stolen from Copenhagen bar

Stockholm - Danish police are investigating the theft of what is claimed to be "the world's most expensive" bottle of vodka, in what the bar owner says could be an inside job.

January 1 marks mass birthday in Afghanistan

Kabul - January 1 is Samad Alawi's birthday. It's also the birthday of his wife, his two sons, 32 of his friends and thousands of other Afghans -- a date chosen for convenience by a generation who do not know when they were born.

Cheesed off: Italian regions highly strung over mozzarella

Rome - Defenders of buffalo mozzarella in the Campania region of southern Italy have vowed to fight a decision made this week by the farming ministry which allows a cow mozzarella from neighbouring Puglia to be given special status.

Thatcher refused to take panda to Washington in Concorde, papers show

London - Margaret Thatcher refused a request to fly a panda in the back of her Concorde when she visited Washington for her first summit with Ronald Reagan, according to papers released on Friday.

Thai teacher turns to DNA to prove $1m lottery win

Bangkok - A DNA test will decide the fate of a near $1 million lottery prize after a Thai teacher said he lost the winning tickets which were later claimed by an ex-cop.

Tabarnia, the fictional region that wants to leave Catalonia

Madrid - A satirical petition proposing that Tabarnia, a non-existant part of independence-minded Catalonia, break away from the region and remain part of Spain went viral on Tuesday.The Change.

Where's Santa? US-Canadian military command tracking St Nick

Washington - It's the question every good little girl and boy asks on Christmas Eve: When is Santa coming?

Hanoi's nudists bare all, defying social norms

Hanoi - Butt cheeks bared, Hanoi's ragtag nudist club ignore the chilly weather to do their daily exercises -- some swim, some jog, one performs military drills -- stripping off and defying norms in the conservative communist nation.

Is Peppa Pig to blame for putting pressure on doctors?

London - Peppa Pig, a cartoon loved by children around the world, could be to blame for creating unrealistic expectations of doctors, according to an article in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal.

A boaring day at school in Japan

Toukyo - Two wild boars caused pandemonium at a Japanese school by charging into classes and even taking a dip in the school pool, forcing pupils to interrupt their exams.

You'll be herring from my lawyer, Dutch fishmongers tell paper

Den Haag - Two disgruntled Dutch fishmongers are dragging a national newspaper to court after it accused them of selling "rotten" examples during a nationwide test of the country's favourite snack: raw, salted herring.

Busted: The French tyre-slasher who hit 6,000 cars

Bordeaux - After years of playing cat-and-mouse with police, a man who punctured the tyres of thousands of cars around the southwestern French city of Bordeaux has finally been apprehended.

Bangladesh and rickshaw for down-to-earth pope

Dhaka - Pope Francis will forego his trusty popemobile for a cycle rickshaw in Bangladesh, Catholic officials said Thursday, as the famously frugal pontiff began a three-day visit to the poor country.

Indonesia basketball players fixed games 'to pay their salaries'

Jakarta - Eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match fixing, the league said Thursday, reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries.

N.Z. PM denies Trump mistook her for Trudeau's wife

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday played down suggestions US President Donald Trump confused her with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s wife at a summit in Asia last week.

Ferry McFerryface chosen as name of new Sydney ferry

Sydney - Sydney has christened a new boat "Ferry McFerryface" on Tuesday, following a public vote that took inspiration from the joke name "Boaty McBoatface" picked in Britain for a polar research ship last year.

Trump breaks the link as handshake photo op goes awry

Manila - Donald Trump was all fingers and thumbs during a carefully choreographed photo op Monday at a summit of world leaders, failing to grasp whose hands he was supposed to be holding and breaking a lineup intended to showcase unity.
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